This sport of Hosta 'Summer Breeze' (which was a sport of Hosta 'Summer Music') was discovered by Illinois's Mark Zilis. Hosta 'Summer Lovin' makes a dazzling 22" tall x 50" wide clump of corrugated dark green leaves (darker than its parent) surrounded by a wide golden border. For us, Hosta 'Summer Lovin' has shown exceptional garden vigor in our trials. To the delight of hummingbirds in early summer, the clumps are topped with 30" tall scapes of light lavender flowers...stunning!
Praying Hands – was the 2011 Hosta of the Year and is an unusual hosta with its upright narrow leaves. Each green leaf is rolled and folded into a tube shape, displaying the prominent veins on the shiny back side of the leaf. A thin white margin borders the outside edge of the leaf. This small to medium sized hosta grows 14" tall by 12-16” wide. The pale lavender flowers bloom in late summer on 18” scapes. Z 4-7
Blue Ivory Hosta! 16" H (20-24" in flower) (Plant 30" apart) Bloom Time: Late Summer Sun-Shade: Mostly Sunny to Full Shade Soil Condition: Normal, Acidic Extra wide creamy white borders surround remarkably blue centers in spring. Blue Ivory is eye candy for the Hosta enthusiast. Edges will progress to a clean white as the center deepens to blue-green in summer. Lavender flowers in mid summer.
Hosta 'Pewterware' (D. Dean 99) Zone 3-8 Height 8" Culture Light Shade This Don Dean hybrid (Hosta 'Urajiro Hachijo' x Hosta 'Blue Moon') takes the color blue to a whole new intensity and duration. For us, Hosta 'Pewterware' has unique, intensely waxy blue leaves, whose color holds nearly all summer in the South. The 2' wide clumps are topped in very late summer with 18" scapes of light lavender flowers...a hummingbird treat.
This amazing little sport of the rare Korean native, Hosta venusta, is widely prized in Japan. This tiny clump, to only 1" wide at maturity, requires a special site away from larger perennials. Each tiny heart-shaped leaf is nicely bordered in chartreuse-gold. In late summer, Hosta venusta 'Kinbotan' is topped with equally miniature flower scapes. This is truly a choice gem for the rock garden or similarly small space.